#TurksandCaicos, August 25, 2017 – Providenciales – The anxiously awaited results for the May/June 2017 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate Examinations (CSEC) and the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) were released on August 18; when students from schools throughout the country joined counterparts around the Caribbean in viewing their grades by logging into CXC’s Online Registration System.
This year, four hundred and eighty-four (484) students registered two thousand, three hundred and seventy-one (2,371) entries in twenty-nine (29) subject areas; an increase of 3.62%. The country’s pass rate increased by 1%, from 72.59% to 73.59% this year. Government Secondary Schools recorded pass rates between 70-94%. There was improvement in the number of Grade I’s and II’s achieved; with the number of passes at Grade I increasing from 237, representing 11.43%, to 303, representing 13.85% and the number of passes at Grade II increasing from 589 or 28.41% to 636 or 29.07%; a difference of 2.42% and 0.66% respectively.
Of the candidates who sat, two hundred and twenty-one (221) received passes in 1-4 subjects, one hundred and seventy (170) received passes in 5-9 subjects while five (5) received passes in ten or more subjects.
Although the pass rate for English A remained at 69%, the quality of passes improved with 14.96% receiving Grade I versus 14.10% last year and 27.27% receiving Grade II when compared with 20.66% in 2016. There was also a decline in the number of Grade III passes.
While Mathematics again recorded a pass rate of 42%, there was a slight increase in the number of passes at Grade III.
Please note that the results for English A and Mathematics are not a true reflection of performance in these areas, as a number of students would have passed these subjects at earlier sittings.
It is worth noting that eleven (11) students sat Additional Mathematics this year with nine (9) or 81.82% achieving a passing grade; one (1) student received a Grade I and two (2) received Grade II.
The 2017 results also revealed that there was improvement in the pass rate for fifteen (15) of the twenty-nine (29) subjects sat, namely: Chemistry, Physics, Integrated Science, Information Technology, Office Administration, Principles of Business, Electronic Document Preparation and Management, English B, Geography, French, Spanish, Visual Arts, Textiles Clothing and Fashion, Food Nutrition and Health and Technical Drawing.
For the first year of registering for CVQ, fifteen (15) students pursued certification in four areas; Carpentry – Level 2, Commercial Food Preparation – Level 1, Data Operations – Level 1 and General Office Administration – Level 1. Two students received unit certification for Carpentry, two for Commercial Food Preparation, three for Data Operations and two for General Office Administration.
Commenting on this year’s performance, Minister of Education the Honourable Karen Malcolm said, “It is with a sense of pride, that I congratulate the students who successfully obtained passes in the CSEC examinations. I am delighted with the overall improved academic results in 15 of the subject areas and awards for the first ever CVQ entrants. I also wish to congratulate the dedicated teachers who gave of themselves diligently to ensure that our students have a solid foundation to begin their adult lives. I must commend and congratulate the parents and guardians who provided strong support to their children and encouraged them to do their best. I wish all students much success in their future endeavors. May God bless you. Congratulations once again.”
The Ministry of Education will continue to facilitate professional development opportunities for high school teachers. Early in the 2017/18 academic year training will be facilitated for teachers in the Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (CVQ) programme. Our teachers will participate in the regional subject specific workshops and seminars facilitated by the Caribbean Examinations Council during the year. In addition to professional development the Ministry will continue the upgrading of laboratories, expansion and refurbishment of classrooms and outfitting of schools with the technological and other learning resources that are required to improve the quality of teaching and learning.
Press Release: TCIG